Research approaches and student surveys: A cross-cultural perspective

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Malczewska-Webb, B., Nowacka, M., & Ong, S. (2014). Research approaches and student surveys: A cross-cultural perspective. In D. Gabrys-Barker & A. Wojtaszek (Eds.), Studying Second Language Acquisition from a Qualitative Perspective (pp. 127-143). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

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Extract: In the last 20 years, the nature of education worldwide has been undergoing a rapid change from the homogenous classes of students of similar backgrounds, to the ever-changing classroom populations of students of different nationalities, of diverse cultural, educational and linguistic backgrounds (AE12013). The increasing awareness of this diversity and the impact it has on education in many countries including Australia, has attracted much attention from researchers in the recent years (Creese et al. 2009; Dunn and Carroll 2005; Lo Bianco 2009; Malczewska-Webb 2011; Webb 2013, 2014). Although researchers from other fields such as social work or psychology (Suarez-Balcazar et al. 2009) have raised issues concerning research in culturally and linguistically diverse groups, little has been done in the field of suitability of different approaches to research in diverse populations in education (Obiakor 2010). The aim of this paper is to evaluate the usefulness of the quantitative and qualitative research approaches in analyzing student survey data from culturally and linguistically diverse student groups from two universities in Australia and Poland.

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